What’s the Point?Writings, musings and generally lighthearted banter

Jan

01

Crossbar

Now that the website is back up (happy New Year to you as well support staff thanks for the hard work), I wanted to round the year out on a small, but important aspect of typography — crossbars. A crossbar is usually defined as the horizontal stroke of the letters A and H. Sometimes, the […]

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Dec

18

Numerals

It’s been too long! But today, we will be talking about numerals and the two different types of numerals.  The two types are called by many different names, but most commonly known as Lining and Old-Style numerals. Lining Numerals Lining numerals, also known as tabular, ranging, or uppercase numerals (figures) are the typical numerals we […]

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Oct

12

Strokes and Stems

Strokes and stems, strokes and stems, gotta have me some strokes and stems. In my type that is… And that is what we will be talking about today. Let us start off talking about stems. Stem In typography, a stem is a vertical, full-length stroke in upright characters (ie. L, H, f, l , h,P, […]

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Oct

10

The Eyes have it.

Like our biological eyes, typographic eyes come in all shapes and sizes and color (think paper color)! In typography, an eye is a special counter reserved for the lowercase e. There is something special about the lowercase e and why it gets a special name. One reason is back in the early days of printing, […]

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Sep

09

Terminals

Now arriving at the Terminal. It is now okay to use approved typographic devices. Terminals, in typography, are the finishing element to a stroke that does not contain a serif.  There are a few different types of terminals such as:  ball (lachrymal), beak, and teardrop. Below is an example of teardrop terminals. Teardrop Terminals are named […]

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Aug

16

Counters

It’s been a few weeks since my last post, but I want to get back on top of it, so here we go! Today we are diving right into counters. In typography, counters are the partially or fully enclosed space in a letter. Counters come in all shapes and sizes and, because of that reason, […]

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Jul

29

Leading me on…

To the next topic that is! Today we are discussing leading (pronounced led-ing). Leading also known as line spacing gets it’s name from the days of metal type in which typographers would physically insert thin pieces of lead between lines of type to achieve the desired spacing. In digital typesetting, this is done automatically; however, […]

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Jul

29

Points, Picas, and Inches

Awwww, snap. Here we go. What we will be discussing today is the relationship between points, picas, and inches. What are points and picas and how do they relate to inches you ask? Well here we go… To the left is a 1 inch line. Dividing that line are 72 smaller lines. These are called […]

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Jul

28

Typography 101

Welcome to 6picas! As this is the first post and this site is dedicated to learning everything about type, it only makes sense to start at the beginning. Thus we start out learning some of the basics of typeface anatomy… The Em Square Every character resides in an imaginary square called an Em Square. An […]

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